Mame Wanko!

I could tell you the latest update from the real estate agent and how we suspect they might be trying to play us, but instead I will show you what I made last night:

A weeny little stuffed dog! I went a little cross-eyed sewing him but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. He needs some beads for his eyes as they are just pins at the moment and next time I won’t use polar fleece as it was really hard to work with at this size. Here’s another pic:

He is based on a pattern I found in DollyBird Magazine no.3 but I think (as i can’t read Japanese) that similar ones are to be found in a japanese craft book called (amusingly enough) Mame Wanko sometimes available on ebay.

42 Responses to “Mame Wanko!”


    Ooohhhh… this one takes the cake! Your previous dolls were really stylish, but this dog is so cute I can’t stop looking at it! Congratulations!


    cuuute! What fabric would you use next time (yes, thinking of the sincerest form of flattery)?Izabela


    I can’t believe that you have constructed such a tiny stuffed animal – it’s so perfect as well! I am in awe of your eyesight as well as your sewing ability.
    Sorry to hear about the house. We have missed out on a number of houses in our time and I always try to think that the reason we miss out is because a much better house is just around the corner. This proved true on all but one occasion, (a house I really loved and still regret not going that extra $5K at auction – oh well). Hope that your true house IS just around the corner.


    I’m not acutally sure which fabric I will try next. The polar fleece was quite thick and hard to sew through but stood up to the intense handling that something this small gets when putting it together and also has a nice kind of fur look to it. I might try felt but I fear it would just disintergrate while sewing it. Maybe some flannel which is still soft and slightly fluffy but it’s a bit thinner. Hmm. I will keep you posted.


    OMG! Cutest. Dog. Ever. My eyes get sore from looking at knitting needles, even worse when I’m sewing together things like bags, so I have NO idea how you pulled that one off!! (though it could just be my bad eyesight..LOL)


    i know i’ve given you guff in the past about the gushing comments section, but that dog is adorable and puts a huge smile on my face. please consider running a craftarmy workshop so we can learn how to sew such small, beautiful things.
    also, i’ve swiped your “year of the handmade gift” idea and am attempting to knit something for eight family members in the u.s. for christmas. any ideas for good, small projects for men who don’t wear hats or scarves?


    Good luck with the house hunt, I share your pain! House hunting in California is a nightmare right now. The dog is brilliant! I especially like the upturned tail.


    All I can utter is little ‘awws’, cooing and silly noises that I make when I see babies or puppies or play with our dogs. Thanks, you’ve reduced me to babble, Claire.. with a tiny bit of polar fleece, thread and pins!
    Whiidgsshee whisshy whee gipbsinootchiboo!

    Translation :Rock on! Ruff!


    Hold fast to your bottom line on the house – if the agent is trying to play you the sellers are probably desperate! It is easier and less stressful in the long run for you to hold out than for them to do so.


    That dog is too cute! I often visit our local Japanese bookstore for the Ondori craft books, but if you’re looking for a magazine/book featuring international illustrators you have to look at “Mizue Freestyle Artbook.”Back issues had Lotta Jandotter using her GOCCO print press and crafts from Mizue Hirano based on her unique art style.


    ooooooh! eeeeeeeeeeee! aaawwwww! you could wear him round your neck like a charm. awesome.


    Hi Claire,
    Believe it or not I just made that same dog the other night! I made mine with some hardy felt, but yours looks so much nicer and fluffier. Maybe tomorrow at the craft fair we can find some nice thin fur to make them out of, got to get the whole pattern book now I think.




    so cute! so cute that my head exploded when derek showed me the image last night. fabulous! are you taking orders?


    Very cute.Dunno if you know, but ‘Wanko’ is pretty much ‘little bow wow’ in japanese. ‘Wan’ is what dogs say, and ‘-ko’ is a diminutive.


    I want him! You should sell these…they’re so cute.

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